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CRITIQUE
REVIEWED BY MARTIN HOLLAND

EN_SEARCHING FOR THE HEART OF SACRED SPACE:
LANDSCAPE, BUDDHISM & AWAKENING documents a
deeply personal odyssey that Dennis Alan Winters undertook
to discover how the unique ecosystems and the immense
geomantic power of the Tibetan landscape influenced the
development of Buddhism. Focusing on the area surrounding
Mt. Kailas (the axis mundi of Buddhist cosmology), Winters
concentrates on Pretapuri, a significant sacred site located
approximately 48 kilometres (30 miles) west of the mountain
and renowned as a site of pilgrimage since the eighth
century C.E.

SEARCHING
FOR THE
HEART OF
SACRED
SPACE
Landscape, Buddhism
& Awakening

Dennis Alan Winters
The Sumeru Press Inc., 2014
289 pages, paperback edition.
ISBN: 978-1-896559-16-1
(paperback edition)

56 LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES

Winters highlights the formative experience of being a
graduate student in landscape architecture designing a
new meditation centre as an MLA thesis, which was then
presented to the Dalai Lama. His Holiness asked him, "...what
is the basis of this design? From where does it come; what is
its source?" This series of questions had a profound effect on
Winters, the direction of his life and his professional career in
understanding the power behind designed sacred spaces.
Traversing through some of the most sacred landscapes
known to Hindus and Buddhists, across numerous
countries including Japan, India and China, Winters carefully
documents his encounters through his writings and his
sketchbook. The book provides numerous hand drawn
illustrations of the places visited, allowing the reader a
glimpse of the terrain that the author is navigating. The
conscious decision to avoid photographic documentation
is a wise one, as Winters' renderings capture the spiritual
wonder and power of place. Photos would fail to capture the
scale, immensity and power of the Tibetan landscape, but
also the character, specificity and intimacy that some of the
sketches illustrate. This is particularly apparent when Winters
discusses the presence of rang-jin, or "self-appeared images
of stone," which he richly describes as animals, teachers,
dakinis (a sacred female spirit in Vajrayana Buddhism),
celestial creatures, Star War's wookies and even Jabba the
Hut. "Each had a face and body; each told a story" (Winters,
225). These rang-jin, products of wind erosion of the fragile
sandstone, are considered the embodiments of the spirits
that inhabit the sacred landscape by the religious pilgrims
that circumambulate the area.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2020

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - “Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Sacré Montagne
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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